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5 billsick workers. that money would pay for medical care and compensation. there could be a vote on a similar bill in the senate before november's elections. the bill's supporters claim they were standing up for the heroes of 9/11.
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republican critics call it a big government program that would raise taxes. the debate among women about who should get a mammogram and when is heating up even more this morning. that's after a major study about the annual breast cancer screenings seems to contradict previous guidelines. dr. richard besser has more. >> reporter: it's a mammoth study. following 1 million swedish women for 20 years. researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 49 offered mammograms at least every two years had a 26% less chance of dying from breast cancer than those who didn't have the regular screening. that means screen 1,200 women, save one life. >> start at the age of 40, you have a much better chance of picking cancer up early. and i think that's the main bottom line. >> reporter: today's study flies in the face of those controversial government recommendations last year. when a panel found mammograms for women under 50 should be an individual decision rather than a general recommendation. their concerns, that the harm might outweigh the good.
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like unneeded anxiety, overexposure to radiation, and costly, unnecessary procedures. the recommendation didn't just make mammograms a personal decision. it gave insurance companies the option not to cover them. and was met by a firestorm. >> i am shocked by these guidelines because if i hadn't had a mammogram at age 40 i wouldn't be here today. >> that 10 years can make a huge difference. that they realize the effect that it has on families. >> reporter: last fall, in response to the uproar with these guidelines, congress passed a law requiring insurance companies to cover mammography for women in their 40s. but that hasn't cleared up the quis confusion. the big question now? dr. richard weser, abc news, new york. another black eye for professional cycling. three when-time tour de france winner alberto contador is confirming he tested positive for a banned steroid during this year's tour. the 27-year-old spaniard insists it is a result of food contamination. he'll appear at a news
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conference to explain it later today. contador has been provisionally suspended by cycling's governing body. as hundreds of athletes gather in new delhi, police are fighting fire with fire to protect them. >> trained monkeys have been drafted to keep smaller monkeys in check at india's common wealth games. the little monkeys are everywhere and they have been running so rampant the athletes are threatening to boycott the games. >> thanks to the new security guards the police promise people attending the games should face no problems at the stadiums. more after this. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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we've been talking about the weather rolling in along the east coast all morning and you can see the images there from washington, d.c. kind of a soupy start to the morning there. we're expecting kind of breading that weather here in new york. it might be coming soon. >> a messy day for the east coast for sure. the gop candidate running for governor in california is under fire this morning. weg whitman now faces some
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pretty tough questions about illegal immigration. >> the question really hits home. did she hire an illegal work tore work for her? brad wheelis has the latest from los angeles. good morning, brad. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. meg whitman, a republican who says employers must be held accountable for hiring undocumented workers, is facing allegations she did just that. a former housekeeper is speaking out. california's republican gubernatorial candidate meg whitman, the so-called october surprise has come at the end of september. at a press conference wednesday, whitman faced allegations her maid, nicky diaz, was illegal and received social security documents reforming that. meg whitman denied the allegations. >> we never received that letter or that notification. we, you know, hired our nicky through an employment agency, and had relied on them obviously to verify that she was legal to work here. >> reporter: the charges came as whitman was starring in her own news conference in san jose.
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the charges also came after whitman and her democratic opponent, jerry brown, held their first debate tuesday night in davis, california. >> we do have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers. we dove what to enforce that law. >> reporter: back in beverly hills, diaz and a shaky and scared voice alleged she was fired in june 2009 when she came to whitman and her husband for help in getting her green card. >> and she told me, i talked to my lawyer. and he told me we cannot do anything for you. and from now on, you don't know me and i don't know you. >> reporter: a whitman political adviser told reporters that the event was engineered by diaz's lawyer, gloria allred, and democrats, precisely to hurt whitman as she headed into a crucial debate before a latino audience in fresno on saturday. allred said she is simply helping her client file a claim for lost wages. whitman says attorney gloria allred is a long-time supporter
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of democrat jerry brown, having donated to his campaign. she believes this is nothing more than dirty politics. it remains to be seen whether this will adversely affect her campaign. vinita and rob? >> certainly not the first time we've seen this kind of issue creep up on a candidate before. >> it's interesting, two very different sides to this story. meg whitman saying i had no idea, the woman saying you used your sister's documents to file the paperwork necessary, whitman saying we had no idea, as soon as we found out we immediately suspended her. if you want to hear more from meg whitman, she'll be interviewed on "good morning america." should be an interesting one to say the least. >> we'll be right back.
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it months surprise the future of fashion is digital. here's daniel sea bearing. >> reporter: most of the saints during fashion week are analog. silicon valley entrepreneurs are trying to bridge the catwalk with the desk top. in this case, the ipad. in a sense the web is the new black. >> historically there's been a rift between technology and fashion. i mean, right off the bat there's a big geography gap. silicon valley where technology is headquartered is over here. it's a seven-hour plane flight to new york where fashion is headquartered. a t-shirt wearing culture and fashion has had a reputation for being a bit of a slow to adopt technology. actually right now. seeing there is a huge opportunity. >> reporter: it's an idea that designers like doobie have latched on to. >> for me it's an educational
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tool for myself. what this does is this is an amazing tool, connects me with the ultimate consumer directly. and i can hear their feedback directly and ask them questions. >> reporter: is an official collaboration with the council of fashion designers of america. its initial goal is to raise the profile of emerging designers with their younger and wired fans. >> some of the thing that you can do as a consumer are ask designers questions, answer their questions, maybe impress those designers with your creative responses. at the heart of the designers we felt are these galleries which feature celebrities, runway models, and real women side by side by side. >> reporter: as for getting your hands on designer brands online, a number of companies like haute look have popped up offering daily deals or discounts for subscribers. >> every morning there's e-mails and notifications that are
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easily read through the mobile devices. whether it's an iphone or blackberry. and instead of consumers being told what is in style, they are actually able to choose what fits their style. >> reporter: before you dismiss haute look as a flash in the fashion pan, they recently raised $31 million in venture capital. they boast more than 2.5 million members. >> what we've done is dem contract tiesed the field. where it used to be only available to new york and los angeles, now it's available to people everywhere. the internet enables us to do, something that's powerful and will continue to change fashion and retail. >> reporter: beyond the designers and high-end brands places like the media lab at advertising company interpublic group are testing technology for shoppers in the store. so scene is like this one from "misht report" may not actually be that far off. >> 4g rolling out in the united states in the next year or so. we're going to have the ability to quickly recognize people's faces. cell phones will have that
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technology built into them. so i really don't think it's far-fetched. it's really a matter of understanding what those technologies can provide, you know, to us as marketers, to the consumers, to the retailers, and make sure that we're not overstepping privacy boundaries. also trying to create a framework that really does help a shopper make more informed divisions. aside from location-based stuff which obviously has to be balanced with privacy concerns, they're also ironing out plenty of other ways to virtually immerse people in the experience. >> the technologies that we showcased here allow consumers to walk up to the shelves and interact with product, or use the storefront glass as a way to entice shoppers into the store and to interact with products. and potentially extend that interaction with their social network. so trying on items virtually and sending that off to their facebook profile and being able to use that information. you help them make decisions about their purchases. >> reporter: even traditional brands like levis are going in a
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digital direction. with a new online fitting room, giving women a better fit in their jeans without ever trying them on. back at fashion week i got a brief tutorial from drew on tech trends but stayed away from questions about style trends. other discount sites like groupon are popping up, offering people a deal based on where they live. ultimately the consumer stands to benefit from all this convenience. so long as any privacy concerns are balanced. >> i don't know one woman who would not love the idea of not having to actually go and try on her jeans but just be able to put in measurements and actually see how they'd really look on themselves. >> that is a great idea. i think that's the worst part about shopping is the trying-on part. so much time and all that. all online would be great. >> we've seen what a huge role fashion plays. more and more people want to know about fashion now. [ female announcer ] does your volume last the afternoon
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finally this half hour, choosing your religion. it as cornerstone of the constitution. >> president obama is explaining his decision to choose christianity. but how did he or anyone, really, make that big decision? here's dan harris. >> reporter: they were, perhaps, his most extensive comments as president about his faith. >> i'm a christian by choice. my mother was one of the most spiritual people i knew, but she didn't raise me in the church. >> reporter: barack obama has said he became interested in christianity while working as a community organizer in chicago alongside black pastors. >> i came to my christian faith later in life. and it was because the precepts of jesus christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that i
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would want to lead. being my brothers' and sisters' keeper. treating others as they would treat me. >> reporter: in 1988 as age 26 he walked down the aisle at reverend jeremiah writ's church and was baptized. a scene he describes in his book "the audacity of hope." >> kneeling beneath that increase on the south side of chicago, i felt i heard god's spirit beckoning me. >> mr. obama fits into a larger trend playing out across the country right now. adults changing their religion. according to one poll, nearly half of all americans have switched out of the faith in which they were raised. >> there's an extraordinary amount of churn when it comes to religion in the united states. the thing to keep in mind is every religion is simultaneously gaining members and losing members. >> reporter: church leaders say people like mr. obama, who come to religion late in life, often take it more seriously. >> in some ways it's a more authentic kind of thing.
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i mean, it was something that he thought about. the christian faith was meaningful to him. it spoke to a need in his life. and he made the decision to become a part of the community. >> reporter: some are questioning the president for his comments and for recently going to church for just the seventh time in his presidency. but his defenders say his fate is real and his conversion part of america's dynamic religious landscape. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> well, that is the news for this half hour. coming up we have got plenty more news on abc. >> follow us on facebook where you can see "the skinny" and "morning papers" there any time. check out
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fatal plunge. the bus full of students, its 40-foot drop off an overpass,
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and today's federal investigation. then, terrorist's plan. the times square bomber and what could have happened. what investigators discovered. and, proud parents. big challenges and expenses for same-sex couples who want to have children. it's thursday, september 30th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it really is a fascinating look at gay adoption in america. so often, and the couple talks about this, people approach them and say, why wouldn't you just adopt a child? they really make you aware of all the problems and hurdles that any couple, let alone a gay couple, faces in adopting a healthy child. >> not to mention the universal issue of the money it takes to get it done. a really interesting look at that issue. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. a bus bringing children and parents back from a sight-seeing trip crashed near washington,
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d.c. >> investigators in bethesda, maryland, say the driver died in that terrible crash after he may have had a medical problem behind the wheel. steven portnoy has the very latest. good morning, steven. >> reporter: vinita and rob, federal investigators have made the relatively short drive from their headquarters here in d.c. to the crash site in the maryland suburbs. it happened at the start of rush hour. a charter bus with more than two dozen parents and children on board fell 45 feet from a fly-over ramp to the embankment alongside interstate 270 below. >> i was just holding everybody. they all were crying and bleeding. >> there was a couple in shock. it was pretty bad. it flipped and then landed. so it was pretty harrowing experience, i think. >> reporter: nearly half of those on board were taken to hospitals. the crash killed at least one person and left two more with life-threatening injuries. >> actually, six of them came in walking to the hospital. two of them came in on stretchers. but six of them were in
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surprisingly good condition. on arrival to the emergency room. and they're in good spirits despite the injury. >> reporter: fire officials would not confirm witness accounts that the driver suffered a medical emergency, causing the bus to careen off the ramp. the pennsylvania-based company that operates the bus has been given a satisfactory safety rating by federal investigators. the national transportation safety board has lodged a go team, a small group of investigators, to determine what caused the crash. vinita, rob? tropical storm nicole didn't stick around too long but what remains of it is causing a lot of trouble for folks along the east coast today. southern florida got soaked yesterday after nonstop downpours there. the storm has now moved north and could drop more than a foot of rain in north carolina. flood watches and warnings stretch all the way to southern new england. now here is a look at the rest of your weather. leftover showers flooded south florida. scattered showers south of los angeles into san diego.
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no rain in the upper midwest. good news for flooded areas of minnesota and wisconsin. >> mostly 70s from fargo and omaha to detroit. 75 in boston. 78 in new york. 83 in new orleans. phoenix gets up to a scorching 106. and 80s from albuquerque to boise. the government has just released a chilling new videotape of what the times square bomb could have done had it gone off as planned. prosecutors now say suspect faisal shahzad wanted to set off a second bomb. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: this is what faisal shahzad had in mind for a busy saturday night in times square. this car bomb, based on the design shahzad had obtained from the pakistan taliban, was detonated in june in a field in pennsylvania. authorities who released the video as part of shahzad's sentencing summed up the potential for carnage with one word -- devastating. sources familiar with the results of the test tell abc
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news, while it's unlikely the resulting blast would have taken down any buildings, it would have killed dozens of people, perhaps more than 100. investigators also believe that glass and twisted metal shooting off the car bomb would have formed a spray of deadly shrapnel. shahzad, who has shown no remorse in pleading guilty to the attempted terror attack, was portrayed as cold-blooded and calculating. court documents say before the bombing he was regularly in contact with the pakistan taliban, exchanging information about the bomb he was building. in the end the people in times square were fortunate. shahzad was incompetent. he used the wrong bomb-making material and had faulty detonators. we learned he was planning to set off another bomb if he had gotten away with the first one, but we don't know where. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. members of congress are heading home after finishing up their legislative work early this morning. the last order of business for both houses was to pass a temporary spending bill. that will allow the government to continue operating at current funding levels through early december and was completed just
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in time. the new fiscal year for the federal government begins tomorrow. nato says an air strike has killed a senior al qaeda commander in eastern afghanistan. the attack follows the first step of a major offensive against the taliban and other terror groups. miguel marquez is embedded with the 101st airborne and filed this report. >> reporter: major offensive activity is done in this part of the river valley. with overwhelming force, and fast-moving, relentless campaigns, soldiers of the 101st airborne division gave insurgents only one choice -- run. >> we're on the same trails now that he freely walked without any influence for eight or nine years. that is a big deal. >> reporter: in the valley's unforgiving terrain, evidence the taliban was everywhere. >> the afghan and u.s. soldiers have come upon two locations now they suspect of being taliban hiding places.
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also places where they're producing ieds. this, for instance, is a pressure plate. one step on it could be deadly. >> give him your pistol. >> reporter: insurgents are gone. now the afghan government has an opportunity to prove it's a better alternative to the taliban. the district governor is hiring day laborers with cash supplied by the international community. next, the district governor wants to start a school. the taliban shut down the only school here in 2007 because it was built by the canadian troops who were here at the time. next step, finding teachers willing to work here, then making sure insurgents don't creep back in. tall orders for an area sympathetic to the taliban. miguel marquez, abc news, afghanistan. former president jimmy carter remained hospitalized for a second night. doctors do expect to release him later today. carter became ill tuesday while flying from atlanta to cleveland. doctors say the former
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president's upset stomach may be from a viral infection. he's reportedly in very good spirits and is ready to resume his book tour. president obama meets with top democrats today in washington after his four-state campaign push. at a stop in des moines the president faced tough questions about the economy and tax policy. the president repeatedly blamed republicans for derailing his efforts to bring about positive changes. it's a tough tug of war pitting man against machine. >> the tugging was one-sided as airline workers in philadelphia muscled up for their annual jet pull challenge. there were 30 teams of us airways employees in the competition and each team has 20 people pulling. >> their goal, pull the philadelphia eagles team airbus 15 feet. money raised goes to the united way. they hope to raise more than $1 million. >> i hope these people have good health insurance. >> no kidding. strong backs. >> we'll be right back. hó
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at discover a restful lunesta night. welcome back, everybody. abc sitcom "modern family" features a gay couple that goes through the trials and tribulations of raising a child. >> for many real-life same-sex couples, raising a child is a dream come true. but it can cost a lot of time and a lot of money. chris connolly reports. >> reporter: for todd holland, director of such hit sitcoms as "30 rock" and "malcolm in the middle," and his partner, actor scotch ellis loring, the prospect of raising children was a conversation they began to have on their first date. >> i hadn't thought about having kids. you know, i mean his clock was ticking. i mean, seriously. i had the classic male response, whoa, that's so much
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responsibility. >> reporter: legally married in california in 2008, scotch and todd had already decided to become parents. by coming here to the surrogacy agency, growing generations. couples can spend from $125,000 to $200,000, and along the way, put an up to the minute spin on definitions of parenthood. >> what we're talking about here is completely rewriting the script. not the american script, the western civilization script, but the human script of family. >> reporter: but scotch and todd say they're not trying to radically change anything. just build a family for themselves. and they learned just how daunting that can be after going through four egg donors, two surrogates, and more than four years of disappointment. >> our second attempt, we actually were told we were pregnant. and so i happened to be at work shooting a show and we told the actors and cast and were very excited. and then seven weeks later went
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to the first ultrasound and found we had a birth sac but there was no embryo in it. it was heartbreaking. >> reporter: they felt their luck change when they met this woman. schoolteacher christie rood, married mother of three, eager to help gay couples. surrogates like christie can earn $30,000 for carrying embryos to term. >> i love being a mom myself. and to be able to give something like that to another couple, it seemed like, you know, just something i would love to do. >> reporter: there was joy. but also a grave dilemma. when word reached scotch and todd that christie was carrying three viable embryos. one more than their health insurance was willing to cover. >> they called us, you know, and said, well, congratulations on your pregnancy and we'll be happy to buy in the insurance once you reduce, let us know when you reduce the twins. we're like, what? >> reporter: reduction means
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terminating one of the embryos in utero. staggering moral dilemma. >> we can't proceed without insurance, this could destroy us. i tell you, man, i tried for four years to get a heartbeat in that ultrasound, you finally realize that this is a life. i mean, i changed my whole point of view about abortion, about everything. >> reporter: luckily, it was a decision they didn't have to make. christie got them on her personal health care plan which covers multiple births. when it came time to deliver by cesarean section, scotch and todd were at the hospital alongside christie and her husband eric. >> they said, we're starting in five minutes. it was boom! we got the first one. what? you know, it was -- and then it was 9:40, 9:41, 9:40. bam, bam, bam. >> while you're processing your first daughter, your second one's coming in. and then before you can fully digest that -- >> you hear a nurse say, we got a blond! >> reporter: days later hogan, hannah and nova came home to their family.
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and do you know whose biological father is whose? >> it's kind of obvious. i'm mixed. but we haven't produced a blond baby on my side of the family for some time. >> did you have a nice lunch? >> reporter: meanwhile, this family grapples with more traditional issues. like sleep deprivation and feedings. courtesy of their surrogate christie. >> not only has she given us three kids, she's pumping breast milk, storing it and shipping it to us. >> what do you want them to know about the women who brought them into the world? >> they'll know everything about christie. they're she's going to grow up with them. >> she and her family are part of our family, and they will be forever. >> reporter: i'm chris connolly in los angeles. >> the money, the time, the insurance hurdles. amazing what some folks have to go through. >> it's hard to attach a completely accurate dollar amount but they say $150,000 for a two-year process with the surrogate mother. you're covering a lot of those expenses as well as treatments in vitro and whatnot. >> once the child's actually
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born. but they're happy. that's what counts. right? >> modern family to say the least. >> no kidding. coming up next in "the skinny," seal and heidi put something extra skin in "the skinny" today. >> tough questioemale announcer, your debt problems shouldn't fall into the wrong hands. having a trusted partner to turn to can make all the difference. the national foundation for credit counseling is a non-profit organization whose members will create a personalized plan that gets you on the road to recovery. knowing the difference can make all the difference. to connect with a certified counselor in your community, call us or visit debtadvice dot org.
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we probably all remember the 2008 election season, katie couric's famous interview with sarah palin where she stumbled over a few questions. fast forward two years now. levi johnston is running for mayor of wasilla, alaska, filming a reality show about it. he does an interview with msnbc, asked the same questions to him as they did to sarah palin in 2008. take a listen to how our boy did. >> what newspapers and magazines do you read regularly? >> i'm not going to say and tell you i read a lot of newspapers. i don't get the "new york times." i don't watch a whole lot of news. >> in afghanistan, do you believe additional troops, u.s. troops, will solve the problem there? >> i have no idea. >> do you believe evolution
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should be taught as an accepted scientific principle or one of several theories? >> you're kind of getting over my head on these things here. >> another inspiring interview there. kind of painful to watch. he admitted, look, i could have done better, promised to study up a little better. next time -- the current mayor of wasilla is criticizing him for not having a high school diploma. but levi said, hey, relax. i'll have my ged by next month as he continues his political bid. >> having seen him in several interviews now, he is very honest and up forward about the fact that he does not know certain things. and when people make fun of him about the history with bristol, i think he's oddly honest about certain things. >> you don't expect that kind of honesty from people. >> right. bravado, let me lie about this. he just is straightforward and says, these are over my head. a weird approach. >> he's very up front and honest about all the things he doesn't know, yes.
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>> let's talk about mike tyson. "hangover," a lot of people said that was his comeback. "funny or die" has a hilarious video. take a look. wayne brady, mike tyson. ♪ >> for any of you who are big bobby brown fans, you recognize that song. it's "every little step." wayne brady's the one who came up with this idea. he said he wanted to make a remake of the video with bobby and mike tyson. you can see mike there is the third backup dancer. he really played along. lest you think he's not a skilled dancer he was on the italian version of "dancing with the stars." >> really, no kidding. >> yeah, those moves i guess maybe he honed during "dancing with the stars," who knows. >> look at that trio. bobby, wade, mike. remember when he did the dave chappelle skit, remember that famous skit he did, he was hilarious in that. sense of humor. good for those guys. >> very funny stuff. "funny or die" which is always funny. >> always funny, yeah. number three, this is just -- no real news here. seal's come out with a new
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album. releasing a new video this week for his new song called "secret." basically nothing scandalous but him and his wife, heidi klum, model, host of "project runway." a very sexy song, very sexy video. it's kind of -- in this age of sex tapes and all these people going over the top, this and that. obviously they're rolling around in no clothes. but it's done artistically and tastefully for the new video. it's nice to see something really cool, loving, stable couple. it's nice compared to the stuff we usually get. >> are we watching the same thing, you're going to tell me this is not scandalous? >> compared to what you see, there's no one jiggling and shaking. >> they're definitely baring it all. >> they're baring it all but in a classy and a nice, married kind of way. around his house. these people chose freedom over restrictions. independence over limitations.
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regarding johnson & johnson's recent round of recalls. the drugmaker's chief executive will be on capitol hill today, addressing his company's actions regarding defective products. tour de france champ alberto contador talks to reporters today about his positive test results for steroids. the results reveal he had a trace amount of a banned substance in his system back in july. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke gives his latest progress report on overhauling the nation's banking rules. he is expected today at a senate hearing. finally this half hour, the new normal in america. the numbers from the latest census are in and they show how the economy has changed the american way of life. >> it has altered how we get an education, move, even marry. here's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: the american dream of a home and a family to fill it, just one of the casualties of the recession. the number of married couples now at a record low. and more young people say they're putting off marriage until they feel more financially secure. >> i delayed my wedding because
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i was laid off twice in one year. we had put the wedding off three times. >> reporter: setting off a chain reaction with far-reaching implications. single people are less likely to buy homes, to have kids, to fade. >> i think it's going to take many years for children and families to really recover from this. >> reporter: remember a decade ago when americans were crisscrossing the country, following new opportunities? today we're not going anywhere. the number of people staying put is up. peter bully told me he wants to move but he can't sell his home. you feel stuck? >> basically, yes. >> reporter: but we are getting smarter. the number of us holding college degrees is up. students say they're staying in school, hoping to ride out the recession. >> two years out, three years out from when i last searched, maybe that job market has opened up a little bit. >> reporter: perhaps most telling, this. more americans rely on food stamps than ever before. more than 11 million people.
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one in every ten families. people like clyde harden. he spoke to us by skype from georgia. he lost his job a year ago. >> i worked all my life. and now i can't do anything for my family. >> reporter: harden has two daughters. >> you don't know what it's like now. to just sit there and say, i'm sorry, we can't afford it. i'm sorry, i can't buy the school pictures because i don't have money. you don't know what it's like to tell a little girl that. >> reporter: those pictures, a portrait of a family praying next year might be a little better. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> certainly very sobering study. >> no kidding. how the recession kind of has all these ripple effects through so many parts of
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drenching downpours. massive storms today all along the east coast. the flood threat and state of
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emergency. then, self-inflicted. she claimed a stranger attacked her with acid. her hopes, the defense, and her day in court. and, fright flicks. a moviemaker who has made a career out of fear. it's thursday, september 30th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> freddy kruger was my worst nightmare after i saw that movie years ago, freaked me out. >> you know i can't watch any scary movies. >> you don't like them at all, do you? >> i would never guess wes craven never grew up watching movies though, given how many times he's scared people like us. >> totally. wonder what inspired him. we'll find out later on the show today. >> interesting profile. good morning and thanks for being with us on this thursday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now.
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downpours, flooding and gusty winds could make a mess out of east coast travel today. >> tropical storm nicole turned deadly in the caribbean, and now the remnants are headed north for already flooded areas of the carolinas. our coverage begins with abc's larry jacobs. >> reporter: the flood problems have already started in parts of north carolina. the deluge is posing a challenge for drivers. >> i tried to back out and it wouldn't. >> reporter: flood watches and warnings are posted for a broad section of the east coast as the remnants of tropical storm nicole blow their way north. parts of south carolina are flooded and could get worse in the hours ahead. emergency operations are in full swing. >> we do have a full shift on duty, we called in extra people to work as well. we'll maintain that shift overnight until the threat of the serious rain's gone. >> reporter: that's after the storm system threatens some of the most flood-prone areas of south florida on wednesday. special pumps were set up as the storm approached to manage the runoff.
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despite these emergency measures there was some property damage at south florida. several inches of nonstop rain penetrated roofs. >> watching it drying up, moving my stuff around so they don't get damaged, trying to stay out of the way in case the ceiling caves in. >> reporter: hassles from a lingering soaking storm. larry jacobs, abc news. >> and that storm system could disrupt travel as many people along the east coast begin their morning commute. >> we can show you some images of washington, d.c. you can see there, kind of a sloppy mess. if you're in bed or getting ready to get up, just stay in bed. that's my advice to you. >> always good advice. >> i'm just jealous. our coverage of the weather continues with accuweather meteorologist ages. >> good morning, rob and vinita. nicole continues to dissipate as it moves over the opeters regardless we are expecting heavy rain to build in along the east coast. already on the satellite and radar you can see all tt moisture being strong up to the
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north and this will continue to build northward as we go throughout the day. it gets a little more complicated than that. f tatioated than that. this is & s conshoss we could possibly see tropical storm force conditions throughout these early morning hours. peveong ter o 60 that is goio bef the biggest impact from all this will be allof it will con to ck northward day where e amount of rain fall philadelph k city, unfortunately right into the morning hours for the m expect a nightmare as far as the roadas even at s. this raincont to k into new englaas wcf1 pt nig rob and vinita? >> thank you, ava. >> thank ofrthuast. in addition to t downpours, rivers ar rising after severe floods arli there will be showers for coastou >> meanwhile, 93 in sacramento. 87 in boise.
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75 in billings. a mild 69 in chicago. 70 in detroit. 76 in indianapolis. mid to upper 70s from boston to atlanta. 80s from new orleans to dallas. investigators will be at the scene of a fatal bus crash in maryland later this morning. the driver was killed after his bus crashed through a guardrail and then plunged off an overpass 45 feet. the wreckage landed along the beltway in suburban washington, d.c. 11 people were taken to the hospital. two victims are said to have lifhs. >> i was just holding everybody. they all were crying and bleeding. >> there was a couple in shock, it was pretty bad. it flipped and then landed. so it was pretty harrowing experience, i think. >> the passengers were students and parents returning to pennsylvania. they had spent the day sight-seeing in washington. federal agents say the times square bomber had planned to set off a second bomb if the first one had been successful. the government released video of an explosion similar to the one faisal shahzad had attempted in
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times square. officials tell abc news it could have killed dozens of people. investigators believe that glass and twisted metal shooting out from the car bomb would have sprayed victims with deadly shrapnel. now to the criminal trial that has garnered so much national attention. the woman who admitted splashing acid on her own face is now set to go to trial in december. >> bethany storro had a brief court appearance yesterday where she pleaded not guilty to the charges she now faces. diana alvear has the latest details. good morning, diana. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. in her first public appearance in weeks bethany storro appeared calm, collected and without bandages. her face, raw and red. as bethany storro walked into court, the damage she'd inflicted on her own face was fully on display. >> at this point we would waive the formal reading of the charges and enter not guilty pleas to all three counts. >> you plead not guilty at this time? >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: storro was accused
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of false advertising. duped by her claims she was viciously attacked with acid by a stranger. police say storro used donations to pay for clothes, train tickets, an apple computer, even a chemical peel at a doctor's office. >> crying a lot. she's in a lot of pain with the acid being in her face. >> reporter: storro claimed a stranger attacked her in a public park, throwing the acid in her face. >> i could hear bubbling in my skin. >> reporter: her story seemed suspicious. >> during the interview miss storro admitted her injuries were self-inflicted. >> reporter: she admitted she'd bought drain cleaner, days later she entered a restroom near the park and rubbed the acid directly on her face. why? she told police the reason she applied the caustic substance was to first kill herself, secondly, to have a completely different face. outside of court, the woman who'd previously had plenty to say about her alleged attack was silent. her face said enough. storro was released into the
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care of a psychiatric facility. that's where she'll stay as she awaits her trial. vinita, rob? if you are awake with your newborn and your baby has a sleep positioner in the crib, the government says stop using it now. 12 deaths are being linked to sleep positioners which are sold to keep babies sleeping on their backs. two federal agencies say they pose a risk of suffocation and they say there is no proof the products prevent sudden infant death syndrome. president obama meets with the top democrats today in washington after his four-state campaign push. during a backyard discussion yesterday in des moines the president faced some pretty tough questions about both the economy and the nation's tax policy. the president repeatedly blamed republicans for derailing his attempts to make positive changes. the democrats, of course, face some serious challenges in the upcoming november elections. and the "chicago sun-times" is reporting that the president's chief of staff will begin campaigning next week to
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be the mayor of chicago. rahm emanuel is expected to announce tomorrow that he is officially leaving the white house. the newspaper also says emanuel will move back to his hometown of the windy city this weekend. well, who says you need to wait until election day, november 2nd, to cast your vote? in several states, including vermont, voters are casting ballots early. the extended voting period has backers in both parties. they say it makes it easier to get voters to the polls and probably more importantly, to get their votes locked in and counted. china's rail system is growing at breakneck speeds and its new bullet train just shot into the record books. >> you're not going to believe how fast this thing goes. the high-speed train set a new record during a test run. it was clocked at 258 miles an hour. that is more than 100 miles an hour faster than amtrak's excela. it beats the top speeds of an indy car. >> the train is expected to begin running out of shanghai in about two years.
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operators expect the train will normally go slightly slower, about 200 miles an hour. >> you only hope this kind of technology can eventually come to the united states. it would change travel for so many people across the country. >> wouldn't that be great? >> we'll be righwo c if you fight to slslp in the middle of the night,
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now to a harsh reminder that what gets posted on the internet and seen around the world can really have a profound personal impact. >> a rutgers university student committed suicide wednesday. it happened a day after a video of him having a sexual encounter was posted online by fellow students. linsey davis has the story. >> reporter: at rutgers university, freshman dharun ravi had an idea to be a peeping tom. he used a web camera in his dorm room to spy on his roommate.
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what he saw he broadcast live across the internet. his roommate was having a sexual encounter with a male student. he tweeted, roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on my web cam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. his roommate was 18-year-old tyler clemente, accomplished violinist. the invasion of privacy appears to have been too much for him. his family says clemente went to a new york city bridge after learning of the incident and ended his life. a recent study found that nine of ten gay kids reported being harassed and that gay kids are four times more likely than straight kids to commit suicide. earlier this week, in houston, texas, the parents of asher brown said their gay son turned a gun on himself and committed suicide after being a victim of bullying. he was just 13 years old. >> social media means younger kids today can have help and support. >> reporter: writer dan savage started a youtube channel where
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gay adults can post videos to encourage gay teens that however bad it is, it gets better. >> if you are someone being picked on or bullied or called names, let me tell you this. it will get better. >> reporter: this support comes too late for clemente's family. they released this statement. "the family is heartbroken beyond words." authorities arrested ravi and friend molly wei for transmitting sexual images without consent, a third degree crime. they have not commented but face up to five years in prison. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> shortly before 9:00 on the 22nd of september, he wrote on his facebook page, jumping off the gw bridge, sorry. those were his final words. only accessible to his friends. >> as we learn more and more about the two responsible for putting this out there, the reality is that two days prior to the september 21st incident that the world essentially was able to see, he had done this before and was engaging in
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i-chat with other people. he had something like 150 followers. in a sense he had almost built an audience the day before and tried to continue it on. a very, very sad story for the family and for the two kids. >> devastating all the way around.
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now to a man whose job it is to scare the living heck out of you. it is, of course, wes craven, hollywood's king of scream. >> to craven it's his duty to scare us to death. he recently sat down with john berman to talk about his career and why we all should thank him. >> reporter: this looks like such a nice, suburban michigan home. but a lot of bad things are happening inside. bad like this. on elm street. bad like this in woodsborough. and bad like this.
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this house on the left. >> action! >> reporter: yes, bad things tend to happen when director wes craven is around. we were behind the scenes with craven on the set of "scream 4." >> you ever try to calculate your attrition rate in your films? >> no. but i think this one probably has the highest mortality rate of the "screams" by two or three. >> reporter: this is a guy who orders blood by the gallon. it's all part of his job, which is what, exactly? >> cut it. >> i scare people. sometimes i scare the dickens out of people, i think, to put it politely. >> seem like a pretty happy guy. >> i am very happy, i'm extraordinarily happy. >> very happy? >> i am. and i'm funny too. >> reporter: the creator of the horrifying freddy kruger -- >> this is god. >> reporter: the director of the terrifying "scream" series. he may be responsible for more nightmares than any person on
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the planet. but all, he says, for a good cause. >> you're talking about the beasts in the forest that come after you during the daytime or during the night but in a way that's under control. in a sense you can own the beast. >> reporter: strange? maybe. even stranger given where he came from. >> someone said to 16-year-old wes craven, you're going to direct some of the scariest movies ever, what would you have said as a 16-year-old? >> i would have said, impossible, i'm not even allowed to go see movies. i was raised in a baptist church that forbids you from watching movies. >> reporter: he was a college philosophy teacher when he became interested in film. in 1972 he wrote and directed his first feature. "the last house on the left." >> you guys get the hell out of here, i'm going to start screaming. >> a raw, ground-breaking film about rape and revenge. >> for many years people forbade
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me to be alone with their children, to get away from their dogs. all the polite people that i knew, the people from my academic background that i still knew when i made that film, took big steps back. >> how do you know what's scary? >> it's an intuition. but it's based on things i've experienced in my life in one form or another. schoolyard bullies can be as frightening as freddy kruger to a teenager. >> reporter: in fact, his latest film "my soul to take," out next week, deals with a young man who lost his father. well, that and a monster who terrorizes all the kids in town. >> it is really you would say your most autobiographical film? >> more of a family film. it's about searching for who is buried within us. and what has been done in the past that's going to affect us. >> reporter: it also has a lot of birds. >> the california condor! >> good lord. >> reporter: it turns out craven is an avid bird watcher. >> look at this. found a bird house.
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>> reporter: even in his quiet, peaceful hobby there's a bit of terror. you're a birder, do you have a favorite bird? >> i like raptors. hawks, owls. and also -- >> you're kind of a predator. >> yeah. >> reporter: for such gloomy, gory subject matter, his sets are surprisingly joyous. everyone seems to be having a ton of fun. ripping humans to shreds. does everyone here like you? >> there was one guy that liked me but he disappeared, i don't know what happened to him. >> reporter: at the age of 71, and after quadruple bypass surgery, which by the way craven says didn't scare him, craven has no plans to slow down. >> and action! >> reporter: he also has no plans to branch out beyond horror films. the last full-length nonhorror film he directed was "music from the heart" in 1999, which earned meryl streep an oscar nomination.
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out of your system now? you don't seem to care anymore about doing other things. >> i think i reached a peace with it. sometimes you fight what you are, what you're doing. i'm going to do this instead. at a certain point you say, i'm really good at this and people really seem to enjoy what i do. >> reporter: i'm john berman in ann arbor, michigan. >> i've got to admit i was a huge "scream" fan. loved that series. freaked me out. had need mares, worth it. >> whenever i've been forced to watch a scary movie, like that one, i do fast forward sound down. i can't handle the music. i can't see the images. this will probably give me a nightmare. >> can't do it. re card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsuranceceard, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65,
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>> our first paper we have been discussing in the news room a little bit. it's a question of is it vigilante justice, is it personal defense? the bottom line question is, is it right? >> everyone will have a different answer for sure. >> let me give you the back story. a 68-year-old woman is outside of her house and some kids throw a brick through her window. she sees them running away. she starts to confront them and they sort of exchange some unpleasantries. next thing she knows the kids are taking the bricks and throwing them directly at her. she goes back into the house, she gets a gun, and she ends up shooting one of the boys. one is 12 and one is 13. the 12-year-old ends up with a shot to the shoulder. the back story to all of this is that this woman had been having problems with these same two kids for almost a year. she repeatedly had called police. she repeatedly had tried to get other people to help. she was a retired cafeteria worker. she says she really feared for her safety.
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basically was at the breaking point, she couldn't take it anymore. >> these kids had terrorized the neighborhood, set things on fire, tipped the trash -- >> burned up her barbecue pit, her flower beds. her own words, i was protecting myself. they came into my yard, they jumped my fence, they continued to terrorize me. no matter what i did. even in the incident, she had called police not once but twice as things escalated. now she's facing charges as are the kids. it really is one of those things where you're like, differing opinions on who is in the right. >> you would like to think it didn't have to get to ilen at s we el d fout it's also sort of a qutio guns not a smart wago. >> let's lighten the mood tremendously. the things people do when they're really drunk. i won't use the other even though it would be appropriate for this story. my boy had a few too many in eastern china and passed out for five hours in the bathroom, fell through a crack in the bathroom,
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wasn't discovered until the next morning when they heard screaming. >> what is that? >> it's where all the human goodness goes. so that is where he spent five hours, passed out drunk. the next morning, heard screaming. that's how people got him out. >> i'm surprised it's a news story. does this not happen a lot? >> come on, everyone remembers college. that was kind of crazy. >> barbie are making a new barbie that you and i are going to like. >> really? >> it's like a journalist barbie. look at her. >> look at that vinita there. >> you can see she's got a flair for journalism and power pink. that's how they're describing her. she's accessized with a pi
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